Earlier this week John Dixon over at at Borthglas saved me a fair bit of typing time with his piece on using in a military training camp to house asylum seekers.
For as John writes
"....I know Penally reasonably well (during three election campaigns, I reckon to have knocked just about every door in the village), and it is not well-served with facilities able to cope with a sudden unplanned increment in the population. On the other hand, the wider area does cope with a large seasonal increase in population every summer (with the obvious exception of 2020), so it should not be as large a problem as it’s been painted as long as it is properly planned and executed (a wholly unrealistic expectation of Patel and Johnson in itself, of course). I don’t know enough about the conditions at the camp to know whether they’re suitable for the purpose, but reports suggest that they really are not. The bigger question is whether it is, in any event, appropriate to treat people like “cattle in a holding pen” as Nicola Sturgeon put it in response to a suggestion that remote Scottish Islands were also on the list of possible sites for an offshore processing facility. She thinks not, and I entirely agree. It’s dehumanising and inhumane.
Whatever, even if the conditions and facilities were entirely suitable, I suspect that many of those objecting would still do so. And lest anyone think that I’m being unkind to the good citizens of Penally here, I believe that that statement would probably apply to any and every town and village across the UK; people will object to having refugees in their patch and would find other ‘valid reasons’ to oppose it. I’d like to believe that it’s not a majority view, but I have little choice but to accept that it’s the view of a substantial minority at the least. It’s easy enough to blame the politicians who have planted the idea that we should reject refugees (and I do blame them) or the tabloids for stoking anti-immigrant feelings (and, yes, I do blame them as well), but we cannot merely shrug off the fact that a substantial number of our fellow citizens harbour some very dark views when it comes to refugees. They are content, and in some cases even enthusiastic, to see refugees go without the basics, be sent ‘back’ without due process, be separated from society, be demonised, and even, as Sturgeon characterised it, ‘treated like cattle’. That doesn’t reflect well on any of us....."
It would be hypocritical for anyone who tales a sympathetic view on asylum seekers to to take a "Nimby" view but as Plaid Cymru's equalities spokeswoman, Leanne Wood, said a military camp was a "perverse" place for people who may have witnessed "the horrors of conflict".
The Financial Times reported that the home secretary had asked officials to look into the idea of processing asylum seekers on Ascension Island, an isolated volcanic British territory, and on St Helena, which is part of the same island group but 800 miles away.
Nevertheless you would also expect the Home Sectary Home Secretary Priti Patel , to consult with the Welsh Senedd ro seek how best Wales could do its part in aiding these unfortunate people.
Mind you I don't think Ms Patel is the sharpest member of what already appears a pretty (no pun indented) mediocre cabinet.
Still she does work in that cabinet with the Welsh Secretary has said he was not informed by the UK government of plans to house asylum seekers in athe tary training camp which is also in his constituency .
If the Home Secretary can snub her equal in the Cabinet in such a way one wonders how much say the whole cabinet have in the actions of the Home Secretary, having such a loose cannon in that position , especially such a draconian right winger is a worrying issue.